I had a great opportunity today to spend time, in close proximity, with one of the most inspiring leaders and the man behind HCL which made me live my life to the fullest...I was in conversation with Shiv Nadar.
When I had met him last time, in early 2000, when he addressed group of HCLites (CODCian to be precise) in an all hands meeting, he reinforced my passion to chase product development as a career. I recall that in answering to a question, Shiv said, " I enjoyed developing products during early days of HCL, I wish we could do more of it now too..."
It truly motivated me to walk faster towards creating an enterprise fully focusing on product development.
Today, in his address to the gathering, he touched 2 important events of HCL history, and I am very proud to be part of both the events.
One: Formation of HCL Technologies Ltd, and role of Cisco ODC
He talked in length about how HCL-Cisco ODC was formed, and which became one of the most successful engagement in off-shoring and was key in carving out HCL Tech as separate entity in offering Technology Services.
And I proud that I was part of the early HCL-Cisco ODC team, I was among the first 100 something member team which pioneered the relationship. It was truly a rewarding experience to be part of HCL-CODC and witness in close proximity how the industries first risk-reward business model came into form.
Two: HCL's tryst with Mechanical Engineering, and Xerox engagement
In a question on HCL pioneering effort in micro computers, first RDBMS, first DOS and challenges faced in developing HCL's own copiers in early days, Shiv candidly admitted that the challenge in developing the copier was in complexity of Mechanical engineering, and he added that, now HCL has grown to the level on designing and developing copiers to Xerox Corporation, in collaboration with Xerox, which was the pioneer in copiers technology.
And I am indeed very proud to be the Manager, who did the first delivery in Mechanical Engineering space to Xerox, from HCL, and graduating the engagement into designing and developing end-to-end products in media handling (paper path), and anchoring the planning process from engineering delivery end, which led to one of the largest deal with Xerox, to design and develop a complete monochrome A3 printer-copier for Xerox by HCL.
To sum it, it was a very nostalgic and truly motivating day, to live again through my life at HCL, and how I set out to start what I do now, and key events in HCL which I am truly proud to be part of and learn from, to use for rest of my life. Shiv and HCL, thank you for everything...